Geelani Imprisoned In Room, Suffers Failing Health: Kin

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SRINAGAR: The family of Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Tuesday said that he had been “practically imprisoned” in his room in New Delhi, and demanded that the Hurriyat (G) chairman be immediately shifted to the SKIMS in Srinagar because of his deteriorating health. 

Geelani is under house arrest in Delhi since February 9 when the government of India carried out the death penalty awarded to Muhammad Afzal Guru in the parliament attack case. 

“Initially, the Hurriyat chairman was allowed out of his room, but now he is practically imprisoned inside, with Delhi police personnel constantly present within the residence,” his son, Waseem Geelani, told the KNS.

“Doctors have strictly instructed him to take regular walks in mornings and evenings because of his medical condition, but the 83-year-old leader is not allowed even into the compound,” he said. 

“My father has undergone seven surgeries, and his heart, eyes, and kidneys are badly impacted,” he said, adding that mobile phones of Geelani and his family members had been confiscated by the Delhi police. 

“Nobody is allowed to visit him, and even doctors are not allowed in,” he said. 

Geelani junior said that his father be immediately shifted to Srinagar and admitted to the SKIMS. 

“Even if the state government wants to keep him under house arrest, at least he will get proper medical treatment,” he said. 

He refuted a statement by the Delhi police commissioner, saying that on the one hand the officer had claimed that the Hurriyat (G) chairman was free, but on the other a strict police guard had been mounted on his residence. 

“No one is allowed to meet him. Nor is he allowed to return to Srinagar,” he said. 

Waseem Geelani called upon international human rights organisations speak up against the curbs on his ailing father. 

“Are there no just and humane people left who would raise their voice against the continued house arrest of this 83-year-old person?” he asked.

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